Disappointed by the beach in Playa del Carmen, I decided to visit some nearby beaches between PDC and Tulum. I visited the beach of Akumal, known for snorkeling with turtles. This beach seemed to have become a crowded tourist beach with an entrance fee and a lot of organised snorkeling.
The next day I decided to take the collectivo to Xpu Ha, looking for a more pristine beach. Although the access roads to the beach still asked for a (50 pesos) entrance fee, I was happy to spend the day in the bay of Xpu Ha. In the centre of the bay there are some beach clubs and a few shops. To the sides of the bay there are a few luxury resorts and the remains of some resorts that had been destroyed by hurricanes in 2005. I walked the bay to both sides and enjoyed reading a book in the sun on the more remote parts of the beach.